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UNFPA-GBV Programming Specialist (Sub-cluster Coordination)-P3-Gaza, oPt

Gaza, oPt
Position Title: GBV Programming Specialist (Sub-cluster Coordination)
Receiving Agency: UNFPA
P Level: P3
Location: Gaza, occupied Palestinian Territories
Duration: 3 months
Language: Fluency in English required, working proficiency in Arabic is an asset 

Background Description of Emergency / Justification for Request (Please provide a short  paragraph outlining the prevailing humanitarian situation and context and why this justifies the role.)
In Gaza, the scale of devastation is unprecedented, with approximately 1.7 million people displaced and entire communities obliterated. Following the latest developments in Rafah according to the UN, about one million people have been forcibly displaced and an additional  100,000 people have been forced from their homes in Northern Gaza. According to the Ministry of Health in Gaza, as of 5 June 2024, at least 36,586 Palestinians have been killed, with over 10,000 missing or buried under rubble, and 83,074 injured.

After close to eight months of war, the entire population of Gaza of 2.2 million people is almost exclusively dependent on humanitarian assistance, including food. Famine is imminent in Gaza as the recent IPC assessment recorded that half of its population, 1.1 million people, faces catastrophic food insecurity. Among the 677,000 on the brink of famine are an estimated 15,000 pregnant women, heightening the risks for both mothers and newborns, with 95% of pregnant and breastfeeding women having insufficient micronutrient intake, further elevating risks.

Critical concerns for UNFPA programme beneficiaries include
  • Limited access to life-saving commodities and supplies to cover basic needs, as both commercial products and humanitarian supplies entry in the Gaza Strip is a challenge
  • Continued attacks against Gaza
  • Limited border crossing to Gaza for access to humanitarian assistance, both for people and for good
  • Staffing remains a critical concern, national and internationals, UNFPA and partners (staff limits because of accommodation, transport and evacuation if necessary, staff turnover due to R&R and level of stress) 
  • One of the key objectives of UNFPA in Gaza is to ensure the continuity of essential sexual and reproductive health services and GBV prevention, mitigation as well as coordination and services. Key protection priorities include providing psychosocial support (PSS) within UNFPA mandate, dignity kits, and MHM supplies, CVA, as well as emergency referral pathways for GBV.
Security Situation Summary in the country and main threats: (i.e armed conflict, terrorism,  crime, social unrest, hazard)
Armed Conflict: The epicenter of the current military operations in the Gaza Strip is constantly evolving but is currently affecting Rafah the most heavily.
Civil Unrest: The population of Gaza is exhausted, angry and hungry, leading to the looting of incoming trucks and any premises that are evacuated. These incidents do not directly target UN personnel however driving in overcrowded places needs to be avoided as violent incidents cannot be ruled out. 

The Position:
Under the overall direction of the UNFPA Representative for Palestine and direct supervision of the Gaza Field Coordinator, the GBV Programme Specialist and GBV SC Coordinator will contribute to efforts toward strengthening the coordinated humanitarian response, risk analysis, and risk reduction and providing technical inputs to support to emergency response, and the planification for the next steps including early recovery if relevant, as well as scaling up interventions in case a cease fire provides a window of opportunity. S/He will lead the coordination of the GBVSC. S/He produces evidence-based analysis for the delivery of integrated technical advisory services on Gender-Based Violence in emergencies. The incumbent advances knowledge management for quality programming standards, tools, and technical briefs, including for emerging humanitarian issues. S/He supports the expansion of partnerships with humanitarian-related networks and technical working groups. S/he works in close collaboration with other work streams in the CO, other entities within UNFPA and with external partners.

Job Purpose:
You would be responsible for: 

A. Coordination:
  • Coordinate the AoR in Gaza, ensuring the achievement of the agreed products with its members in the AWP.
  • Represent to GBV AoR in meetings of the Protection Cluster and in meetings conducted by OCHA, as well as in other relevant meetings, including those convened by the HCT.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with other Clusters (eg: health, WASH…), to ensure the integration of GBV-related actions in their sector plans and to advocate for joint awareness.
  • Support the design of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • Develop with GBV AoR members to develop an inter-institutional capacity development strategy.
  • Provide technical support and information for the development of advocacy documents and relevant policies to address the GBV in humanitarian context.
  • Foster and guide strategic alliances and partnerships for visible and sustainable integration of issues relating to UNFPA mandate in humanitarian and fragile settings and to leverage maximum mainstreaming effects.

B. Technical support and capacity building
  • Support efforts for identifying and analyzing trends, threats, risks, and emerging needs as well as opportunities and possible partnerships, to timely alert and contribute to preparedness, emergency response, and other humanitarian strategies and programming in humanitarian settings that require high level of flexibility.
  • Contribute to the provision of technical support to programmes in emergencies and as required and needed in other humanitarian settings specifically coach and support partners to strengthen implementation of MISP. 
  • Provide technical inputs during the development of new or update of policies, positioning frameworks, guidance, standards, instruments, and tools.  
  • Contribute to training and capacity development activities specific to SRHiE at coordination, programme, and quality of care level.
  • Establish strong linkages between SRHR and GBV with regard to the health sector response for survivors of sexual violence.
  • Support risk-informed and resilience-driven programming.

C. Operations 
  • Contribute to the GBV resource mobilization efforts through the development or support in the drafting of project proposals.
  • Support the implementation of the GBViE projects, including grants management, monitoring, and reporting.
  • Support with the review of requests and the monitoring and tracking of allocation and utilization of UNFPA Emergency Funds and Humanitarian Thematic Funds.
  • Support with the forecasting and procurement of GBV supplies and commodities, including Inter-Agency Emergency Health Kits (IARH) for preparedness and emergency response.
  • Support with the identification of GBViE emergency/humanitarian human resources needs and liaise with the surge team as appropriate.
  • Initiate and coordinate training and mentoring sessions on GBV in emergencies, including clinical management of rape etc.

D. Evidence and knowledge development, management, and dissemination 
  • Monitor global emergencies knowledge platforms.
  • Facilitate access to databases on best practices, and partnerships in the humanitarian sphere.
  • Collect, analyze, and synthesize research findings, data, information, and experiences for formulating programme priorities.
  • Contribute to the revision, update, generation, and dissemination of GBV humanitarian briefing notes, guidance, tools, talking points and advocacy material;     
  • Provide evidence-based analysis for addressing programme delivery bottlenecks in emergencies.     
  • Provide and facilitate evidence-based knowledge-sharing of regional and national experiences in emergencies.       
  • Support the development and dissemination of humanitarian GBV field experience and lessons learned short publications for internal and external audiences.
  • Support initiatives to raise the profile of GBV as a critical and life-saving area of intervention in emergencies and to enhance accountability, especially with humanitarian leadership.     
  • Support UNFPA's participation in technical networks at global and regional levels, including maintaining communication and feedback loops on all substantive work related to GBViE.             
  E. Any other duties:
  • Performs any other duties as may be directed by the Representative, Deputy Representative, and Field Coordinator.
Qualifications and Skills Required
  • Advanced technical degree with specialization in areas such as social work, public health, gender, law/human rights, international relations, and/or other related social science disciplines.
  • At least 5 years of specialized experience addressing GBV at the international level; experience in this field in a humanitarian context is an asset.
  • Demonstrated leadership and management experience within a multinational and multicultural environment.
  • Direct experience providing support to GBV survivors as an asset.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English language necessary
  • Proficiency in spoken and written Arabic is an advantage
  • Already SSAFE certified is an advantage (will reduce delays of deployment)
CANADEM and its partners have a no-tolerance policy for inaction to prevent, respond to and follow up on alleged cases of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse, and Harassment (SEAH). For this reason, we adhere to all policies, procedures and training of the United Nations on The Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse, and Harassment (PSEAH). CANADEM mandates all deployees successfully complete the PSEA online course. This e-learning course is composed of a set of lessons designed to raise awareness about SEAH, become familiar with a range of measures to combat SEAH, understand the impact on victims and the consequences for UN Personnel who commit Sexual Exploitation, Abuse, and Harassment

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